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1 dead, 18 hurt in Florida Turnpike van crash, police say

The Florida Highway Patrol says one person was killed and at least 18 others were hurt when a driver lost control of a van that rolled several times on the Florida Turnpike. Spokeswoman Kim Montes of the Florida Highway Patrol said the van suffered a tire problem about 7:10 p.m. Saturday in Osceola County and a 46-year-old North Miami woman who was ejected was pronounced dead at the scene. Sgt. Montes said in the statement that survivors were taken to six hospitals by helicopter and ambulances. A Patrol statement said the driver, 42-year-old Willem Camille of Miami, was seriously injured. Continue Reading →

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First Amendment lesson sparks outrage at Florida school

A Florida teacher has angered parents after having her fourth-grade class write a statement about giving up constitutional rights, Fox 30 News reports. Cheryl Sabb, who teaches at Cedar Hills Elementary in Jacksonville, apparently asked her fourth-grade class to write down what she was saying, including the statement: “I am willing to give up some of my constitutional rights in order to be safer and more secure,” according to Fox 30. Aaron and Amy Harvey, the parents of one of the students, found the note with that statement, written in crayon, in their son’s backpack. “I don’t believe that any American or American child should be asked to write this,” Aaron Harvey told the First Coast News. Nikolai Vitti, the Duval County public schools superintendent, said in a written statement: “The Justice Teaching activity on constitutional rights that was conducted at Cedar Hills Elementary School is consistent with our efforts to broaden civics-based education and develop critical thinking skills among our students. Continue Reading →

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Former justice of the peace charged with making threat in Texas DA murders

Authorities investigating the death of a Texas district attorney arrested a former justice of the peace and charged him Saturday with making a “terroristic threat” after searching his home. Eric Williams, 46, was admitted to the Kaufman County Jail early Saturday morning, jail records show. Bond was set at $1 million for the terroristic threat charge and at $1 million each for two charges of insufficient bond. A sheriff’s office spokesman did not immediately return calls Saturday for more information. Officials have not named Williams as a suspect in the March 30 shooting deaths of District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, or in the late January death of assistant DA Mark Hasse, who was fatally shot as he was leaving work in Kaufman, about 30 miles southeast of Dallas. Continue Reading →

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One missing after avalanches east of Seattle

Authorities say a snowshoer is missing after a pair of avalanches in the mountains near Snoqualmie Pass east of Seattle. Initial reports said as many as three people were missing, but officials now say only one is unaccounted for after the avalanches hit two separate groups. The King County Sheriff’s Office says one avalanche, at Granite Mountain, carried three snowshoers about 1,000 feet. The two men emerged from the snow, but their friend is still missing. At the other site, 13 people were in the area near where the avalanche struck. Continue Reading →

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5 killed in Idaho house fire after electrical short

An extension cord hooked to an electric grill on a porch shorted out and started a house fire that killed five people Saturday morning, a northern Idaho fire official says. Orofino Fire Chief Mike Lee said the house was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived after a neighbor reported the fire at 1:38 a.m.

He said smoke inhalation likely killed the two adults and three teens whose bodies were also badly burned in the blaze. He said the dead were a family of four plus a teenage friend who was sleeping over to help celebrate a birthday. He said he didn’t know the genders of the teens who died. Lee said two of the teens attended the local school that houses 7th through 12th grade, and that one was home schooled. Continue Reading →

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Medal of Honor soldier killed in Korean War to receive hero's burial

The remains of a soldier awarded the Medal of Honor after being killed in the Korean War will be returned to his relatives for burial with full military honors more than 62 years after his death, officials announced this week. Army Lt. Col. Don C. Faith Jr., of Washington, Ind., will be buried April 17 in Arlington National Cemetery, officials from the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office said. Faith, a veteran of World War II who continued to serve in the Army during the Korean War, was seriously injured by shrapnel on Dec. 1, 1950, and died a day later from those injuries. Continue Reading →

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3 missing in 2 avalanches east of Seattle

Authorities in Washington state say three people are missing after two avalanches in the mountains near Snoqualmie Pass. KOMO-TV reports (http://bit.ly/17xZzAA ) one avalanche occurred Saturday afternoon off Exit 47 from Interstate 90. The King County Sheriff’s office says two people were injured and one is missing. Two people also are missing from the second avalanche, near the Alpental Ski Area off I-90. Both avalanches occurred as heavy snow was falling in the Cascade Mountains east of Seattle. Continue Reading →

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Police say homeless man sets California man on fire

Police say a homeless man set a 63-year-old California man on fire outside a 7-Eleven store by throwing a flammable substance inside the man’s parked SUV. Long Beach Sgt. Aaron Eaton says the man suffered severe burns in the Friday evening attack. Bystanders helped douse the flames and 38-year-old Raymond Sean Clark was arrested a block away. Eaton says the attacker and victim apparently didn’t know each other and the motive was murky. Continue Reading →

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North Texas man charged with 'terroristic threat'

Kaufman County authorities say the former justice of the peace has been charged with making a “terroristic threat.” A Kaufman County Jail spokesperson said Saturday that Eric Williams is in custody and is scheduled to go in front of a judge Saturday morning, where bond will be set. Federal and local authorities had searched Williams’ home on Friday as part of an investigation into the March 30 slayings of District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia. Two months earlier, assistant DA Mark Hasse was fatally shot as he was leaving work in Kaufman, about 30 miles southeast of Dallas. Williams hasn’t been named as a suspect in any of the deaths. Continue Reading →

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Kerry: US, China pledge to work together on NKorea

U.S. and Chinese leaders said Saturday that their countries are committed to finding a peaceful way to ensure a nuclear-free Korean peninsula. “We are determined to make that goal a reality,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said after talks with Chinese officials and before having dinner with China’s foreign policy chief, Yang Jiechi. “China and the United States must together take steps in order to achieve the goal of a denuclearized Korean peninsula. And today we agreed that further discussions to bear down very quickly with great specificity on exactly how we will accomplish this goal,” America’s top diplomat told reporters. Yang, speaking through an interpreter, said China was “firmly committed to upholding peace and stability and advancing the denuclearization process on the Korean peninsula. Continue Reading →

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